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Stadium eyes FieldTurf replacement


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POSTED: Friday, July 03, 2009

The upcoming Hawaii football season could be last the Warriors play on the existing FieldTurf surface at Aloha Stadium.

Stadium officials and the Hawaii Tourism Authority are involved in preliminary discussions to have the field replaced next year.

Aloha Stadium manager Scott Chan said the goal would be to have a new field in place in time for the 2010 football season. The HTA is also looking to bring the Pan-Pacific Championship, an international soccer tournament, back to Honolulu, and a new playing field could be one of the conditions in securing the deal.

Chan said the window to have a new field installed would be February to August 2010. If the process can't be completed in that span, the replacement would likely happen prior to the 2011 football season.

“;We may have to wait until 2011, but I'm trying my hardest to see if we can do it before that,”; Chan said.

Aloha Stadium hosted the Pan-Pacific Championship in February 2008, with the Houston Dynamo and L.A. Galaxy of Major League Soccer playing in the event along with teams from Japan and Australia. The tournament featured the return of Kamehameha graduate Brian Ching as well as L.A.'s David Beckham and Landon Donovan. The U.S., Japan, Korea and China were represented in this year's four-team tournament in Carson, Calif.

“;I think it'll bring in people from both east and west and coverage in major markets where we want to develop more tourism and in established markets, like Japan,”; HTA chairman Mike McCartney said. “;And there's a great following for soccer around the world.

“;What's good is the stadium authority and the tourism authority are working together already to make sure we can help each other and get the best possible outcome.”;

Aloha Stadium replaced its AstroTurf surface with FieldTurf in 2003 at a cost of $1.3 million. The state paid $800,000, with the NFL chipping in $500,000.